Postmodern Doubt and African Certainty

Yemijonnygreenbelt08-200Px-1A Postmodern Englishman vs. A Pentecostal Nigerian. Speaking about smackdowns and the clash of worldviews . . . try Jonny Baker vs. Yemi Adedeji. Interview [just posted] can be downloaded here. The interview happened at Greenbelt Festival last year in the CMS tent and it was entitled “African Certainty and Postmodern Doubt”. Both Jonny and Yemi are friends of mine and co-conspirators with Church Mission Society.

Related: Proper Confidence and the Place of Certainty


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • becky says:

    Thanks Andrew – I passed this one on to a few folks. Wouldn’t you say Jonny has moved beyond postmodernism? That terms seems so 1990s.

  • andrew says:

    yes – i meet up with jonny often and we never talk about postmodernism. but sometimes when you get invited to speak to bigger groups, the agenda is set by the interests of those attending the events rather than those of the speakers and we all end up serving.
    but jonny would also see postmodernity as the world we live in rather than just subscribing to a particular philosophical stream.

  • Cathryn says:

    Hey … was Jonny in Austin…. and i didn’t get that memo!

  • This is the disconnect that Carl Raschke so eloquently addresses in “GloboChrist.” We see the same disconnect between (post)postmodern doubt and “Developing World” certainty in our work in Latin America. Europe lost confidence in itself decades ago and N. America/Australia/NZ/S.Africa aren’t far behind. All I see in Europeans is a neutered stance toward pretty much any doctrinal certainties – maybe they’re afraid of being “neo-colonial” (good NOT to be neo-colonial, of course).
    Andrew, how nice it will be when the Europeans get through their funk and Americans get their heads out of their…well, I’ll be polite!

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